We’ve been dealing with something that was basically unheard of close to a year ago. I can recall meeting my daughters for lunch in the winter of 2020.
We were sitting at a Mexican restaurant as I told them the latest news about the Coronavirus, before it was really dubbed COVID-19.
I have more time in my life to stay on top of current events and news and I was trying to impress upon them how I thought this was going to change our lives.
One Year Ago A Pandemic Changed Our Lives:
I don’t think they were all that frightened by what I was saying I’d read at that point. We were in the beginning stages of all this.
I have to say I was a contented person before this happened. But it wasn’t as easy to feel peaceful and relaxed when life changed in so many ways. Wearing a mask, washing and washing my hands, and social distancing.
And having to remember to do all those things so as not to get this deadly virus that has now killed over half a million Americans.
So I sought even more ways to find relaxation in my life to calm my worries over it all.
5 Tips For Relaxation To Implement During Trying Times:
- I started listening to music again. Something I hadn’t done in ages. I love instrumentals. Particularly the piano. And so now I have soft relaxing music in my line up of ways to relax.
- A ordered a new sound machine. And I just adore it. I like to listen to the one that sounds like water babbling over rocks. I never turn if off actually. It is so peaceful I think even Charlie and Ivy are sleeping better!
- I joined a book club. I was already reading a lot of books. But I’m really enjoying the Book Of The Month Club. It brings new books to my attention that I might not have heard of yet.
- I brought home more house plants. Walking through my favorite garden nursery is one of the few things that still seems normal. It is a really open space and I feel safer with all that fresh air. Did you know that house plants are good for your mental health?
- I’m not as compulsive about cleaning. Now I give myself a break. I don’t stick to a schedule of cleaning my apartment on a certain day of the week. With the reality of a pandemic, cleaning does not seem to be as much of a high priority as before.
- Take a drive down country roads and enjoy the scenery.
If you’re still running through life on a treadmill (and I know many of you don’t have much choice), please try to find more ways to take care of yourself.
We often skip that and take care of everything and everybody else under the sun but yours truly.
Try to carve out more time for just you. Doing what you love. Being solitary and not feeling guilty about it.
What are some ways you’ve found to find contentment during this scary time?